Federation taps eOne member Polly Williams for new Prodco product in UK – Deadline


except: Pascal Breton And Lionel Ozan‘s Entertainment Federation, the production company behind the cult spy series Canal Plus the deskexpanding its reach to the United Kingdom. The prolific indie player partnered with the former eOne boss of Scripted Polly Williams and eOne’s former vice president of Scripted Arielle Gottlieb to launch a new production group in London. The company has not yet been named.

Williams, who will join as managing director, and Gottlieb, who will join as creative director, will focus on working with distinguished drama creators to create ambitious English-language content for a global audience. The duo will also aim to bring more female-led content to the federation’s roster.

The new project currently contains a list of notable projects currently in development, which are expected to be announced soon. The company will develop, produce and monetize dramas for television and films and says it will provide creators with flexibility beyond the traditional in-house production model. It is actively looking at co-production, co-financing and distribution opportunities.

“The UK has always been on our radar, but it was critical that we have the right kind of talent to guide this new operation,” Britton said. “Polly and Ariel are dynamic CEOs with impressive track records who can bring exceptional original content to the company. We are truly excited to welcome them to our Etihad network.”

Williams added: “I am delighted to be partnering with the wonderful Ariel on this new project. We both think Etihad is a very smart and exciting company. The chance to capitalize on their European networks with fantastic British writers and directors if so unique. Pascal and Lionel are inspiring and incredibly smart. We can’t wait. So let’s get started.”

Previously, Williams was Head of Scripted for eOne where she built a diverse and distinguished roster with partners in the UK, Europe and the US. During her tenure, she developed He runs for HBO, written by Vicky Jones, and currently producing Red Rose With Eleven Film for BBC and Netflix. She also sponsored an adaptation of Neil Gaiman Start, which is now in a late stage of development and has developed an adaptation of Amor Towles’ A gentleman in Moscow. Include her previous credits Holby CityAnd lip service And Babylon Hotel.

Gottlieb has served as Vice President of Scripted at eOne and has recently developed and was an Executive Scripted on BBC/Starz The Dublin murders. She edited the script sister For Euston Films, she has also edited scripts for long-running British series such as victim And project of lawShe has worked across a range of positions in business and held stints at companies in the UK and Canada including Red Planet Pictures, Ink Factory Films, BBC, Nutopia and TVO.

Federation Entertainment is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most dynamic television companies. The media entity now boasts productions in France (Cottonwood Media, We Make, Cheyenne Federation, Mercer Productions, Empreinte Digitale), Rome (Fabula Pictures), Madrid (Fedent Espana), Berlin (Cottonwood MediaGmbh) and Tel Aviv (Drama Team).

A few years ago, she teamed up with former Lionsgate president Patrick Wachsberger to launch a Los Angeles joint venture Picture Perfect Federation.

The Federation, which is active in the field of drama, children, family, documentaries and light entertainment, has achieved international successes with shows such as the deskAnd in treatment And Marseille. Earlier this year, he wrapped filming for David Tennant starrer Around the world in 80 days With co-production partners Slim Film + Television for the BBC.

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